Reading While Eating for December 30: Weird Science

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A commander watches as recruits of paramilitary police run in a circle during a training at a military base in Hami, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, December 29, 2010.

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Thursday’s links party like a movie star, except with cheaper drinks.

Boozy Bargain: Don’t think Franzia is the typical New Year’s drink? Here’s why you shouldn’t be ashamed to indulge in wine from a box. (The Atlantic)

Amorous Age: Playboy‘s Hugh Hefner just got engaged to a 23-year-old. See why May-December romances shouldn’t get such a bad rap. (Slate)

Lazy Labs: Did you know that little boys like cars and men like big breasts? It’s more shocking that people even studied these “phenomena” this year. See the top 7 most obvious scientific discoveries. (The Week)

Viral Variety: Now this is what we call a time-waster. See the top 20 videos that defined 2010. (BuzzFeed)

Grandpa’s Gun: Want to pull off a robbery, but feel the need to get creative? Make like these criminals and use an old-school musket. (The Daily What)

Party Girl: NewsFeed bets you’re planning to party hard on New Year’s Eve. Well, can you party like Marilyn Monroe? Didn’t think so. (LIFE)

Elsewhere on TIME.com: See the most preposterous health claims of the year.

Must See: Any fight instantly gets better when you turn into animated characters halfway through. (via Vulture)

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